U.S. Trade Representative Issues White Paper Regarding Trans-Pacific Partnership And Access To Medicines

This post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” reports on a white paper issued by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on Monday “outlining a new strategic initiative entitled ‘Trade Enhancing Access to Medicines (TEAM)'” that “describes how, under the TEAM approach, the United States proposes to work with partners Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam to achieve” nine trade policy goals “to promote trade and reduce obstacles to access to both innovative and generic medicines, while supporting the innovation that is vital to developing new medicines and achieving other medical breakthroughs.” The announcement “confirms the role of trade policy” in the Obama Administration’s global public health strategy, USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez said, according to the blog (9/12).